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Non-Regression in International Environmental Law

Human Rights Doctrine and the Promises of Comparative International Law

Book | 1st edition 2020 | United Kingdom | Markus Vordermayer-Riemer

The book analyses the emerging concept of ‘non-regression’ as a novel legal principle of international environmental law. It traces the development of non-regression in the context of international human rights law and provides an examination of the respective jurisprudence under universal and regional human rights instruments. These are then compared to closely-related normative concepts in the framework of international environmental law, including the Paris Climate Change Agreement and biodiversity-related agreements such as the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the Bonn Convention on Migratory Species. The book advocates an innovative usage of comparative law methods in order to enable fruitful interactions between human rights and international environmental law.

Non-Regression in International Environmental Law is an important contribution to the development of international environmental law that offers a fresh perspective on the relationship between human rights and international environmental law.

DR MARKUS VORDERMAYER-RIEMER is a legal and policy officer at the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection, Germany. He was previously a law clerk at the Higher Regional Court of Munich, Germany. He has also worked as a research assistant at the Institute of International Law of Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich, and was educated in both civil law and common law jurisdictions.

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Type of product Book
Format Hardback
EAN / ISSN 9781780689852 / 9781839701221
Weight 1000 g
Status Available
Number of pages xl + 578 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Dec 14, 2020
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  • Table of Contents and Preliminary Pages
  • Introduction
  • PART I. Progressivity and Non-Regression in International Human Rights Law: Going up on the Escalator
  • Chapter 1. The Sources and the Interpretation of International Human Rights Law
  • Chapter 2. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Chapter 3. Regional Human Rights Regimes
  • PART II. Progressive Obligations and Non-Regression in Environmental Treaty Regimes: Going up the Down Escalator
  • Chapter 4. The Sources and the Interpretation of International Environmental Law
  • Chapter 5. The Climate Change Regime: Progress and Non-Regression in the Face of a 'Super-Wicked Problem'
  • Chapter 6. Environmental Agreements Focusing on the Conservation of Biodiversity
  • PART III. Non-Regression and the Promises of Comparative International Law
  • Chapter 7. Non-Regression as a Free-Standing Principle of International Environmental Law?
  • Chapter 8. Comparative International Law: 'Borrowing' Non-Regression from Human Rights Law